This morning’s devotion moves us from how we were fashioned to how we were given dominion over all things:
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:28-30, ESV)
Dominion in the Hebrew is memshelah and means “to rule, govern and authority.” Man was not only created after the image and likeness of God, humanity had been given the first blessing and charge – to have dominion over all things. “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” is an interesting phrase because it refers to humanities responsibilities in taking care of all the creative work God has already accomplished. In essence, a Sovereign God has blessed humanity with the charge of stewardship over his creation.
Christians today are blessed as they move into their own calling of stewardship. Stewardship over family, over their employment, over their homes, churches, community and beyond. As we move into and fulfill the blessings of stewardship, God is gracious enough to bless us all the more. More importantly, we all are stewards over our own lives in how we choose to live out our lives.
Therefore, as we move into our story of living an authentic Christian life, let us meditate on how we are fulfilling the responsibilities we are called to take on in our own lives and become better stewards over our own lives, where we work, the influence we have within our communities and within our families.